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by John Steinbeck

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I need help in chapter 2 about Lennie.  Steinbeck makes references to his behaviour. Comment on this; explain how it might foreshadow future events in the novel?

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I think that the very fact the Lennie is shown to be someone who seeks to do the right thing, but ends up being dragged into situations of which he wishes not to be a part is reflective of both his character and the general state of affairs in the novel.  Lennie seeks to do the right thing.  He follows George 's words and does not wish to stray from the path that is laid out in front of him.  Yet, Curley seeks to get a rise out of him in confronting him and Curley's wife presents herself to him.  In both of these situations, he wishes to do the right thing, but circumstances move him into a dynamic that he is unable to...

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